Course Title: Introduction to Genetics and Microbiology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Genetics and Microbiology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Joanne Bobbitt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Biological Principles BIOL2365

Course Description

This course introduces you to the basic concepts of life at the cellular level & the concepts of inheritance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

Technical Capability-This is the awareness, selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures. You will gain extensive practical experience to allow you to acquire this capability and your technical skills will be assessed in all critical techniques.

In this course you will develop microbiology laboratory skills such as bacterial culture, staining techniques, microscopic examination, aseptic techniques and the safety requirements of working with microorganisms.

You will further develop your research and communication skills.

You will learn about the features of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms and their classification. You will gain skills in bacterial identification- colony morphology, growth requirements, antibiotic sensitivity and sterilization and disinfection methods.

In the study of genetics you will gain knowledge about inheritance at the molecular, chromosomal and organism levels. Through the study of pedigrees and research you will understand the outcomes of genetic variations such as mutations and other genetic abnormalities.

Overview of Learning Activities

The following learning activities will be included in this course

  • Face to face teaching
  • Group work & discussions 
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Research and report presentation

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no prescribed text books for this course.


  • Microbiology An Introduction. Tortora, Funke & Case
  • Human Heredity Principles & Issues. Cummings

Overview of Assessment

Asessments may include the following:

  • written tests
  • practical reports
  • research assignment & presentation
  • practical assessment